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Suffolk on top

Student may face penalty over protests

University ranking by WSJ names Suffolk in top 25 percent

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Nick Viveiros Journal Contributor Despite a year of negative press and wrenching change, Suffolk University appears to be becoming a destination institution. In their inaugural ranking of U.S. Colleges, media titan Wall Street Journal placed Suffolk University in the top 25 percent of more than 1,000 colleges and universities. Suffolk was ranked 256 nationally, tied with Adelphi University, Hanover College, University of South Carolina-Columbia and Washington State University. The university outranked many prestigious institutions with far larger enrollments and endowments; University of Vermont came in at 271, with University of Massachusetts Boston back at 427 and Emerson College at 453. The list, released last Tuesday, was compiled by the WSJ and Times Higher Education. The honor comes amid two other prestigious rankings. Suffolk University is listed as one of the “Best National Universities” in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 list, which also noted that the university held the fifth largest international student population on its campus. In early September, Suffolk also ranked in the “Best 381 Colleges” for the 2017 list by the Princeton Review, according to the university’s website. “These rankings capture the essence of a Suffolk University education,” said Acting President Marisa Kelly in an official press release from the university. “Our students not

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October 5, 2016

When Tim Clancy shackled himself to the entrance gateway of the Spectra Energy worksite on the morning of Aug. 18, he knew that he would inevitably be placed under arrest. Clancy, a Suffolk senior history major, and two others secured themselves to the gate in an act of protest to slow down construction of the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline. They handcuffed themselves to the fence with makeshift lockboxes with a thick metal design that required an industrial saw to cut the wearer free. Once emergency responders arrived to the scene, it reportedly took more than 90 minutes to cut the protesters free. Clancy was taken Katie Dugan/ Journal Staff into police custody and Making Strides, a breast cancer Awareness walk, was hosted in Boston on Sunday by charged with trespassing, disturbing the peace and the American Cancer Society and had an estimated 40,000 people participate. destruction of property. See thesuffolkjournal.com for the story He is neither the first, nor last, to be arrested during protests of the pipeline as more than 180 protesters have been arrested since October 2015. not only more meaningful Patrick Holmes Clancy has not been for the students but for Opinion Editor convicted of anything. [the faculty] as well,” said He has a court date, Jill Eisenberg, associate set for Oct. 5., and has The Division of Student director of CLAS, in a been preparing for it Success is a leading recent interview with The while regularly attending collaborative effort together and being open Disability Services (ODS). Suffolk Journal. classes. He said he still between six departments which was professionally These tutoring Sparaco oversaw here at Suffolk. Their satisfying,” said Kathy services, allocated to what she calls the “move firmly believes in his act of civil disobedience, mission: to improve Sparaco, the assistant students as a part of their committee,” which student communication provost of the division. tuition, moved this past assembled one person despite the repercussions and academic success Anchored by a central summer to occupy what from each department, he is facing. “Whatever the court throughout the university. reception desk, the new organizers say is a more including Eisenberg. decides, I know that The division offers a new division sprawls out over sensible and reliable “In the process of what I did was right,” open space encompassing the entire 9 floor of 73 space for students. bringing almost the the notion that anyone is Tremont. In the bright and Sparaco explained just entire unit of Division said Clancy. “What I have done, and what welcome and there are open space, were the new how important this move of Student Success on many willing to help. homes of the Center for was; not only for students this floor, which is huge, now hundreds of people done alongside “There’s this wonderful International Programs but for the faculty as well. we wanted to choose have of me, is necessary for thing that happened when and Services (CIPS), the “When we started out, [just one] individual the survival of West we moved on to this floor Center for Learning and our main move was to from each department to Roxbury, everything on of how people got to Academic Success (CLAS), get people here. But in come together so they the route of this pipeline know each other in a way the Division of Student the end, we really took would be the voice and and ultimately necessary professionally. There was Success (DSS), the Career on the role of working the thoughts and have this great openness where Development Center on these collaborations everyone was working (CDC) and the Office of because it made the work See DSS page 2 See CLANCY page 3

Driven division finds equal opportunity “We really took on the role of working on these collaborations.”


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A WORD FROM SGA Dear Suffolk Students, As the Presidential Election is nearing, we’d like to remind you all to register and get out and vote. SGA has co-sponsored with the Center for Community Engagement to encourage student involvement in this year’s election. Oct. 19 is the last day to register to vote. Check out the CCE on Facebook or in their office in Sawyer 824 to learn more. And remember to vote on Nov. 8.

In other news, the director of Sodexo is looking to put together a dining committee to hear concerns from students and to make a better dining experience on campus! If you’re interested in being on this committee, or just have a concern you want to share, please contact SGA at sga@ suffolk.edu.

SGA is making every effort to be transparent and always available to the student body. We have begun posting the minutes from each of our meetings on our social media, once they have gone through the senate approval process. You can stay updated with what SGA is doing even if you can’t attend our meetings.

This week, acting Suffolk University President Marisa Kelly will be at our meeting to talk to the students and answer questions we may have. President Kelly will be there to address concerns from all students. Our meetings are always open to everyone, but we especially encourage you to come out and hear from our administration. The meeting is on Thursday from 12:15 – 1:30 in Somerset B18, hope to see you there. - The Student Government Association

Correction Due to a reporting error, the article that ran in the Sept. 28 edition “Veteran and advocate: Fighter for inclusion” had a number of errors regarding Lizette Rivera’s, Director of Diversity Services, past. The article incorrectly stated that she was not in favor of future government work. She said she would be open to the possibility of working for the Secretary of Education. The place of her youth was also misidentified. Rivera grew up in Humboldt Park and attended one of the top high schools in the city. The Bridge Transition Program at the University of Illinois helped Rivera gain access and support to attend a top university, according to her. In order to view the full, updated version, please read on The Journal’s website- thesuffolkjournal. com.

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everything needed to be done for the move,” said Sparaco, introducing each member who became part of this committee. She went on to say that the point of view of the committee would better exemplify the departments instead of a brief rundown. “These are the folks who bring an authentic voice to the Division,” said Sparaco. Hillary Sabbagh, an international student and study abroad advisor, noted that, “the move has definitely enhanced the student experience on campus for international students and study abroad students. We work really closely with other offices and before, we had to send students to other buildings across campus and sometimes there would be a back and forth but now it’s right down the hall. It’s definitely easier for students to get around.” This was also a general sentiment felt throughout the committee. “A lot of our study abroad students who need to submit a cover letter or resume, can just go to career development on this floor and I can lead them to the front desk to set up an appointment.,” said Sabbagh. “So it’s definitely easier for students and for [the faculty] to communicate with each other as well.” Since Suffolk is such a global campus, CLAS also works closely with international students to tutor them with their English Language International (ELI) program. “The ELI program is a gateway program for students to work on their English before becoming a full-time student at Suffolk,” said Eisenberg, reiterating the idea that these services cost nothing at Suffolk but in outside organizations, can cost a fortune. “It’s an investment that Suffolk makes in the student’s education because we really do want them to be successful so we want to give them the resources that allow them to do that.” Michael Connor, an alt-text specialist at ODS, said this idea of fostering an environment for the success of its students, ODS “work[s] with any

students that have a disability and that are registered as a student on campus and with our office. We try to help them out as much as we can with any needs they may have.” His specialty is helping students with disabilities have access to their texts 24/7 through the internet and their devices. He also went on to say, “Our office works very closely with IT to make sure any new software on campus are accessible to students and faculty.” This allows students to be fully immersed in the aspects offered at Suffolk. “We really want to level the playing field for students with disabilities whether it be a physical or mental disability. We just want them to be as successful as possible,” said Connor, enthusiastic about the new space which allows all students to be immersed in what the division has to offer. Even students with temporary disabilities, such as a broken bone or a concussion, can go to ODS for extra help such as having someone be your scribe. An overarching theme for the division was the collaboration they obtained and the sense of inclusivity for anyone to

use their resources. The current environment is also trying to be enhanced within academic advising where they are trying to launch a new mobile app called “Guide” as well as a new advising software named SSC Campus. “I came to our new space as an advisor and an associate director in the advising office. Just recently I’ve been in a new role which is the director of academic enhancement which is under the Division of Student Success,” said Linda Bisconti, who, with Sparaco, is working on Guide and SCC Campus. “SCC Campus is used to capture the conversation an advisor has with a student and it also captures information on analytics,” said Bisconti. “As well, all advisors can see each others notes for a student so there is better communication. The misadvising won’t happen.” SCC Campus is a better alternative to the way academic advising has been conducted in the past, explained Bisconti. Now, advisors and students alike can skip the confusion and extinguish any issues that have arised in their academic success.

“Guide is a new phone application where a student will receive applications from a variety of journeys within the university. With each area, specific notifications would go out. There will be a pilot happening in January,” said Sparaco. “The Guide is about course corrections and can alleviate the bigger problems involving students on campus by reminding students about different journeys on campus.” A journey within the Guide app would be a department on campus such as Financial Aide and they would be able to send a student an alert if needed. “It’s easier than checking your email throughout the day and it just pops up on the app which is more useful,” said Bisconti. Moreover, even with helping students within their time at Suffolk, the division also holds the CDC which helps with career aspirations for after Suffolk and grants a network of connections for students who are close to graduating. The most important aspect of the division, is that it was a collaborative effort. It didn’t happen overnight.


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Pipeline nears completion, protests persist See CLANCY page 1

for the survival of this planet.” Shortly after the three protesters were separated from the entrance gates, seven more protesters jumped into the trench that the pipeline was being built in, further delaying construction. In total, construction crews lost about three hours of construction time that day due to protester interference, according to Clancy. “We aren’t able to contest this any other way because the avenues we are allowed are cut off, intentionally by design,” said Clancy. The pipeline has faced heavy criticism from the West Roxbury community, and Boston and Massachusetts government officials who are unable to intervene. Last year, Spectra sued the city of Boston and

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the federal judge ruled that Spectra could take eminent domain of the streets, said Clancy. The pipeline’s metering and regulation station, will receive volatile methane gas at 750 psi, is laid out adjacent to the West Roxbury Crushed Stone, an active blast quarry, according to Clancy. This has raised concerns over the safety of the neighborhood the pipeline snakes through. Clancy explained that reverberations from exploding dynamite from the quarry can reportedly be felt throughout the blocks surrounding the quarry. Some residents who live near the quarry, like Clancy, have dubbed it the “incineration zone”, which is the area that he believes will be up in flames if the pipeline ruptures. “In West Roxbury, Spectra is basically giving

us the choice between two deaths, either burning in fire if the pipeline explodes or choking on salt water when global warming catches up to us,” said Clancy. “I don’t want those choices. I don’t want that for myself, I don’t want that for the next generations. I will madly fight to prevent that fate from befalling anyone.” Protest groups such as Stop the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline (SWRL), which Clancy is affiliated with, have been emphatically fighting the construction of the pipeline. SWRL is directed by a steering committee that plans vigils, protests and actions perpetrated by the group. Mary Boyle, one of SWRL’s steering committee members, lives in close proximity to the trenches that have acted as the epicenter for the protests. She has

been an advocate against the lateral pipeline from the day that it was announced and has become a figurehead for the movements. Every morning she takes part in vigils to show dissent for Spectra and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Opponents of the pipeline have coined the hashtag #standwithmary as an act of community solidarity. “I have become a symbol,” she said in an interview with The Journal on Monday night. “I’m a 76-year-old woman with grey hair, but if that’s what it takes to bring people together, I’m okay with that.” As a long time resident of West Roxbury, this is the first cause Boyle has experienced that has brought such strong unification and mobilization to the neighborhood. She

recently celebrated her birthday with a surprise party followed by a vigil and peaceful protest that successfully delayed construction. She has spent her fair share of time in court as well. While Tim Clancy and the other protesters were locked to the entrance gates of the construction site, Boyle was in court for her own acts of civil disobedience. Last year, the Boston Globe reported that Massachusetts Senators, Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey cosigned a letter with U.S. Representative Stephen Lynch to FERC urging them to evaluate the proposed pipeline project. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has also voiced opposition to the project, according to the Globe. Attempts by The Journal to reach State Representative

Ed Coppinger were unsuccessful. “We are a frontline community,” said Boyle. “For West Roxbury it’s an immediate problem, but it is also a problem that is representative of the country as a whole. Corporations have been running an awful lot of things in this country and there are not many ways we can fight this. The pipeline set to be finished in November, said Boyle, but she believes that construction is behind schedule. Once it has been effectively buried, SWRL and other protest groups will have to adjust accordingly. “My fear is that once it’s completed people will let it slide to the back of their mind,” she said, “We are going to have to find a way to keep people thinking about it and remind them that the gas can be cut off.”

going for college because I didn’t want to tell people,” said Sud. “But now I can proudly say Suffolk University. This rating has given me a new sense of confidence.” Greg Gatlin, the university spokesperson, explained more about the ranking methodology and what it means for the university. “The most interesting part of the Wall Street Journal’s rankings is that they’ve upended traditional methodology by looking at the process from a different perspective,” said Gatlin in an interview with The Journal on Tuesday afternoon. “They ranked these institutions based

on what matters most to students, and, in many ways, what matters to Suffolk.” For freshman biochemistry major Adelyn Ragucci, she said that it makes her proud that Suffolk has ranked so highly among other top universities. “My high school was so competitive,” said Ragucci. “Often, my friends and I wouldn’t share what schools we were applying to because if it wasn’t an ivy league, it wasn’t enough.” Ragucci also said that she found it interesting that the university still had a great reputation despite the media frenzy over Suffolk’s administration

last semester. Suffolk fared especially well in engagement - the university was ranked highly with regards to the relationships formed between its faculty and students. Career preparation, an important factor for most when choosing a college, was equally as impressive, with more than 75 percent of Suffolk alumni interviewed stating that they felt adequately prepared for the working world. As for freshman marketing major Amanda Roy, these types of lists were important to her during her college application process. “Ratings were a big

factor for me when picking a college,” said Roy. Over the years, various college ranking services have employed different methods of seeing how well an institution of higher learning measures up. For their rankings, the WSJ reached out to more than 100,000 students across the nation, asking questions about student involvement, atmosphere, return on investment, and job placement. The difference with the new Wall Street Journal rankings, Gatlin said, is that it asks the right people the right questions. “[The surveys used for the rankings] asked

about the quality of the education that alumni and students received. They included questions about students’ experiences with their professors, how graduates fared in the job market. We’re excited that the Journal is taking into consideration the things that we do well.” The Princeton Review also included the university among the select group of schools listed as “Best Northeastern” in the annual college guide’s web feature “Region by Region” and features Suffolk as a “Green College.” “We try not to put too much stock in rankings,” said Gatlin.

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only work closely with faculty and peers in the classroom and labs, but they also gain valuable life experience from internships, community service and mentoring relationships with our partners in Boston and across the globe.” Freshman finance major Surina Sud said in an interview with The Suffolk Journal on Tuesday night that seeing Suffolk in the top 25 percent of schools makes her proud to be a student at an accredited university. “I didn’t really tell people where I was

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Election 2016

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For those still “feeling the Bern,” consider Stein Ian Kea Journal Staff Jill Stein. Never heard of her? Neither did I until recently. Jill Stein is running for President on behalf of the green party. With two abysmal candidates in Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Jill Stein is a safe haven for progressives like myself who are indeed still “feeling the Bern.” If you’re from Massachusetts, unlike myself, maybe you have heard of her. Although native to Chicago, she attended Harvard and has lived in Lexington, Mass. after graduating in 1979 with her husband. For more than 25 years, she had worked for internal medicine studies for and under Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Simmons College Health Center and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Similarly to her fellow Crimson alumni Elizabeth Warren, Stein taught at Harvard and since 2002 she has run for various offices across the Commonwealth as a Green Party Candidate. In 2002, Stein made an impressive showing for a third party candidate gaining 3.5 percent of the vote in the Massachusetts Gubernatorial race. Realizing her minimal effectiveness for a statewide office, she localized and in 2004 ran for state representative for the ninth Middlesex district where she gained 21 percent of the popular vote. After two failed runs at political office, Stein was elected twice to a three-year term in 2005 and 2008 on the Lexington town Council. In 2010, she ran for Governor once again but ultimately failed, yet received numerous recognitions. Since 2010, Stein has made her mark in the green party. Stein advocates heavily for the elimination of student debt, battling climate change as well as creating a fair economy in which trickle-down economics are disregarded. Stein’s

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plan to wipe out student debt is simple, create a speculation tax of 0.5 percent on every transaction through Wall Street. Similar to a person paying the Massachusetts sales tax at CVS at 6.25 percent. Stein points out that 1.3 trillion is nothing compared to the 16 trillion dollars given to Wall Street during the 2008 recession in which reckless investing and loose regulations led the nation to its worst economy since the great depression. Stein also touts her Green New Deal, which entails according to her website, “Creating millions of jobs by transitioning to 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2030, and investing in public transit, sustainable agriculture and conservation.” This Green New Deal entails giving the same subsidies the U.S. gave gas and oil companies to solar, wind and other alternative energy sources that are sustainable. Just like post WWII, Stein believes Americans should be put back work through higher wage jobs by investing in our crumbling infrastructure just like FDR and even Dwight D. Eisenhower, a Republican who had tax rates at near 90 percent for wealthy citizens. These job programs set in precedent have spun out and been made into small private companies which not only aide the local economy but helps put the focus on the largest job sector of the economy, small business. Like Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT) Stein believes the U.S. should join the rest of the world in establishing a

single payer Medicare for all system. Stein sees that not only could the U.S. cut government spending but also save money for businesses. While the U.S. pays the most for healthcare we still rank 31st according to the World Health Organization in quality. The top spot in quality is held by France, a single payer country. Stein explains that by having multiple private systems, billing and administration costs comprise most of medical bills. With a centralized system costs would be kept low and healthcare providers can be contracted through the government as in the U.K. This also allows for the government to eliminate Medicaid, Chip and other healthcare programs as they are not needed under a single payer system. Dr. Stein goes on to explain that by creating a single payer businesses are not burdened with providing healthcare to employees and by that more money is invested into the economy. Along with healthcare, education and climate change Stein voices her opposition against Citizens United, which allows for unlimited amounts of money to influence elections. She believes in a constitutional amendment to end the court ruling and allow power back to the majority of the people. For those democrats or independents that lean left that just can’t fathom being “with her,” then be with Jill. The fellow bay staters’ record and consistent platform allow for those who must vote their conscience this election on the left the ability to do so.

Last Monday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and businessman Donald Trump faced off in the first presidential debate of this election. The 90-minute debate was moderated by NBC’s Lester Holt, who also selected all the questions for the candidates. News sources reported that it was the mostwatched debate in U.S. history with about 84 million viewers, not including those who live-streamed the debate online. Presidential debates have taken place since Lincoln’s time. The televised presidential debates with audiences to rival the Super Bowl are a relatively new phenomenon. NPR reports that before last Monday, the record for most viewers of any presidential debate was during the 1980 election between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan with 80 million viewers. The first televised debate was during the 1960 election between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, which was held 56-years to the date before Clinton and Trump’s first debate. In 1960, this first debate and the three others that followed may be accountable for JFK’s presidency. Those who watched this first debate on television claimed JFK “won,” while those who listened to the debate over the radio said Nixon was the “winner.” In terms of content, the candidates were evenly matched. Although, JFK had the looks and energy for television while Nixon was suffering with a minor fever. For the past 50 years, winning the presidential election means mastering how to behave in televised debates. Since last Monday’s debate, for example, the latest major polls such as Fox News, Reuters, Public Policy Polling and

Quinnipiac University all show Clinton with a slight lead over Trump. A recent Suffolk University poll, for example, done just after the debate shows Clinton leading Trump by six points in Nevada. According to an article on the Suffolk website, Director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center David Paleologos said, “Clinton’s strong debate performance resonated with women in Nevada.” One persisting question while watching these debates is how to determine a winner, and what made Clinton the winner of this first debate. First, Clinton, even in the face of Trump as he claimed that he has the “best temperament to be president,” showed her composure. Clinton, who has been long-criticized of being “cold” and “aloof,” was smiling and laughing throughout the debate. Secondly, when Holt asked questions regarding policy, Clinton gave specific, clear policy plans in some instances, while Trump volunteered little to no policies. Third, during Trump and Clinton’s first debate, Trump spent his time trying to question Clinton on her email scandal, which Clinton simply responded with “I made a mistake by using a private email,” and that she was ready to put it behind her. Instead of denying her actions, Clinton admitted her mistake and apologized for them. On the other hand, when Trump was questioned by both Holt and Clinton on not releasing his tax returns, he became defensive and produced excuses for why he could not release them. As a result, the sentiment of “untrustworthiness” transferred from Clinton to Trump. At times, Trump even argued with moderator Holt rather than Clinton. “No matter one’s political preferences, I think it’s easy to say Trump is a weak debater,” said sophomore Alicia Lynch, global and cultural

communications major. “Clinton gave very detailed responses and demonstrated she prepared for the debate while Trump seemed all over the place, which showed he didn’t really prepare much what he was going to say or only knew broad parts of certain issues,” she said. Senior Andrea Kenna, who studies law and public policy, agreed that Clinton won the debate. “There was a lot of disagreement over who won this most recent debate but I think the most efficient way to tell is by looking at who spoke the most about their policy ideas and who went into the most detail,” she said. In Kenna’s opinion, that candidate was Clinton. “I would have to say that Hillary Clinton won the debate, she brought up more policy issues and resolutions than Trump did. Trump spent most of the debate on the defensive side rather than focusing on the debate topics,” Kenna said. S o p h o m o r e international relations major Tim Tumbokon would argue that neither of the candidates won the debate. “They did not inspire me to vote for either of them,” he said, noting that third party candidates will be the best option for people like him who dislike both Trump and Clinton. “[The debate] proved that we need third parties in the mix,” Tumbokon said. In all, the aim of these debates is for candidates to show how they are more qualified to serve as president over their opponents. In future debates, decide the winner based on how the candidates behave, what their policies are and how they will implement them, and how much time they spend speaking to their own merits, rather than trying to tear down their opponent. The next presidential debate will be held on Oct. 9 and Oct. 19.


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World News

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Global experiences inspire future success

Courtesy of Patrick Lospennato

The Villas on Lake Como outside of Milan, Italy Chris DeGusto Journal Staff Amy Koczera Journal Contributor Despite Suffolk University being located in the heart of Boston and facilitating an abundance of opportunities for students to broaden their horizons and gain new perspectives, some eye-opening experiences can only be obtained by leaving the main campus. Suffolk’s Study Abroad center offers students three different credited Global Travel Seminars to Israel, China, or Italy in the spring semester. These shortterm programs last just over a week and are open to all majors. Students that attend are able to gain valuable knowledge in the field of business, as well as spend a week immersed in a diverse culture. Students interested in attending these trips are potentially able to receive a scholarship to assist payment. “We award 25 McDonnell scholarships (25 in total to grad and undergrads) and they are awarded based on need and merit,” said Study Abroad and International Student Advisor Hillary Sabbagh

in an interview with The Suffolk Journal on Sept. 29. “The maximum award is $1,500. Recipients must be enrolled in at least six credits and be in good academic standing. Since demonstrated need is one of the selection criteria, you must have a complete financial aid application on file at the Financial Aid Office.   We ask for a copy of your resume and a one-page essay on why you should be selected for this travel seminar.” Lane Sutton, a sophomore majoring in Marketing, attended the China Seminar this past May. In a recent interview with The Journal, Sutton explained that his time was split between Beijing and Shanghai, where he visited companies such as GM, Lenovo, Texas Instruments, Metronic, Bow Steel Corporation and Didi. Sutton now works for Disney, dealing with communications and social media for the global talent acquisition marketing team. He commented on how for him, the business impressions he obtained in China were a great fit for his future career path. “Seeing what business is like in China has always been a mystery to me,” said Sutton, going on to discuss one particular company visitation. “Didi was the most interesting. It’s like the Chinese

Uber. They were actually invested in by Apple while we were over there, and have partnered with Uber recently.” He explained how the transportation company was crowded, utilizing space to fit employees in tightly. One differentiation between Didi and most businesses in America, is that employees were encouraged to take naps at their desks in order to function with a fresh mentality. “To get this experience as a freshman was huge,” Sutton said, discussing how his visitations were not only able to teach him new aspects of the Chinese culture but enhance his own business outlook. In addition to Sutton, Patrick Lospennato, a junior double majoring in Global Business and Management, attended the Italy Seminar in March of 2016. Lospennato explained that similarly to Sutton, his time was split between the two cities of Rome and Milan. For the first three days in Rome, the group toured the city and met with different groups and companies to learn about the business culture in Italy. “We met with international business owners in diverse industries,” said Lospennato.

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Market in Beijing, China They said week-long trips fully immersed students in the culture of the country they visited. The group also visited a series of informative businesses including Mercedes-Benz in the automotive sector. “On each visit I had not only the opportunity to learn more about their business but to offer

my perspective to their individual situation,” said Lospennato. L o s p e n n a t o also discussed the opportunities the group had during their down time. “I was able to visit historic landmarks such as the Colosseum and enjoy the night with great classmates, many of

whom have become some of my closest friends since,” he said. He also elaborated on the beauty of Italy itself. “Taking a train from Rome to Milan, we passed through Tuscany where I saw some of the most amazing views,” Lospennato said.

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Chinatown demonstrates the weight of words James MacDonald Journal Contributor

The “These Words” exhibition, a display of Chinatown’s history with the written, printed and read word, closed last week, having raised awareness for a new Boston Public Library (BPL) feasibility study in the neighborhood. The exhibit was on display from Aug. 13 through Sept. 30 in two locations: the China Trade Center and the Tufts University Health Sciences Bookstore. Dr. Diane O’Donoghue, Senior Fellow for the Humanities at Tisch College, is one of the project’s three directors and worked in conjunction with Susan Chinsen, Managing Director of the Chinese Historical Society of New England located on the bottom floor of the Trade Center. The front of the Trade Center, facing Boylston Street, was adorned with window perforations, detailed images that were visible from the street side, but not the interior. Archival photos and descriptions of their contents in both English and Chinese characters spanned the windows, illustrating Chinatown’s long history of communication through written word, as well as its struggle to re-establish

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a branch of the Boston Public Library. Chinatown had its own branch of the public library from 1896 to 1938 in two locations through the district: a book delivery station at 202 Harrison Ave. and a reading room on Tyler Street, which became a full branch in the 1920’s. After the initial closing, the Tyler St. branch returned from 1951 to 1956, ending the BPL’s presence in Chinatown. “There’s something at stake in losing your library,” O’Donoghue said. “And there’s something at stake in getting it back.” A similar arrangement, with a few unique window displays of its own, was on display at the Tufts bookstore

location, wrapped around both street-facing sides of the building. Included were images of the Oxford Street Bulletin Board, which was once a source of neighborhood news and job postings, the storefront library that occupied Washington street in 2010, and the work of the Shanghai Printing Company. According to O’Donoghue, Shanghai was the largest producer of Chinese laundry tickets and restaurant menus in New England during the early 20 century, which proved to be an invaluable resource in a neighborhood serving bilingual clientel. Some photos on display depict more recent history of Chinatown,

including a still image of a pop-up library. It is one of the neighborhood’s latest efforts to keep literature available to Chinatown’s citizens. “Our hope was to provide something that would mirror the neighborhood,” O’Donoghue said. Several pop-up libraries have been employed throughout the neighborhood in recent years, including at a reading room in the Oak Terrace complex in 2010 and at Mary Soo Hoo Park as recently as June of 2016. Libraries, in addition to their significance as pillars of education, were equally important as places for Chinatown residents to congregate,

according to Dr. Carolyn L. Rubin of Tufts University. “The storefront library really demonstrated that there is a need and an appetite for a library branch,” Rubin said. Both Rubin and O’Donoghue have expressed the importance of youth involvement in the advocacy for a new branch, including the recent programs like the Chinese Youth Initiative. “I wanted to give visibility to this remarkable group of people,” said O’Donoghue. Rubin, along with the friends of the Chinatown Library and the Chinatown Cultural Center, published an open letter to Mayor Marty Walsh’s administration in May to show gratitude in

light of the new feasibility study. Rubin said she believes that the new President of the BPL, David Leonard, as well as mayor Walsh, are committed to the feasibility study. Walsh included $50,000 in the capital budget of the 2017 fiscal year for the feasibility study, which is currently still in development, according to the BPL. A previous feasibility study, completed in 2008, did not see the opening of a new branch due in part to the recession that followed shortly afterward. The Boston Public Library is expected to have more information about the feasibility study within the coming weeks.

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Sutton commented on how the Chinese people interacted with Americans. “I was surprised. The Chinese want to take pictures with you, they see American culture as superior, they look up to us as a role model,” said Sutton, “One experience was with an exchange student at Shanghai. [The student] was so open to talking and so curious of American culture.” His interaction with the Chinese culture was supplemented by the attractions that the country has to offer. One moment Sutton highlighted was depicted around one of China’s best known landmarksThe Great Wall of China.

“When we got to the top I breathed; I took a huge breath, the air up there was so fresh,” Sutton said, giving his initial reaction to this wonder of the world. But while his experiences in China affected his perceptions of culture, part of this adventure uniquely stood out for Sutton. Upon the conclusion of the trip in China, Sutton waited at the airport alone for a flight not back to America, but to the countries of Bali and Indonesia, having planned to continue travelling after the Seminar. His flight was delayed six hours. During his wait, Sutton tried ordering food, but was unable to communicate with the waitress at an

airport restaurant due to language barriers. A man sitting near Sutton was able to assist him, and even converse with him for over two hours, and walked him to the correct terminal. “It was amazing and eye opening. I felt vulnerable and uneasy before,” said Sutton. Both Sutton and Lospennato experienced eye-opening opportunities that made lasting impressions on them while abroad. Lospennato also mentioned that his ancestors came from Italy and he was the first generation to go back to the home country. “Being the first in my family to return to Italy felt like a paradigm shift of what is possible

today with globalization,” explained Lospennato. “With travel being more accessible than ever and the ability to call or text my family from across the world, the distance was almost nonexistent. It was a fulfilling trip personally to be able to bring home the tales of what I had seen and people I had met along the way to try to paint a picture so that everyone could see.” L o s p e n n a t o appreciated the lifestyle of the Italian culture. It allowed him to reflect on his experience fondly. “From a fast-paced America to a never rushing Italian culture, it was a bit of relief to experience a world less worried about the time of day,” he said.

By having Italian roots himself, Lospennato not only remembers the trip for its significant educational lessons, but also for the cultural impact it had on him. “It was also fascinating to see the different architecture and design used in buildings especially in a more modern city like Milan,” said Lospennato. With experience in both the foreign business world, and a different culture, Sutton explained how he was able to gain both cultural and educational insight from this Global Travel Seminar. “I felt more prepared for more traveling, more cultured, more worldly after the China

trip,” Sutton said, “It was an experience, but that experience prepared me and gave me more confidence and communication ability. Those are two big skills I got.” “Before traveling I only imagined what it was like,” said Lospennato. “Now having the experience, I’ve seen the reality and can share my stories with everyone I know who’s still imagining or has their own travel stories to tell.”

Those seeking the adventure and insight of another culture, as well as augmenting their business rapport, are encouraged to inquire with Sabbagh about making this trip possible.


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The Passion Engine that could Cody Barba

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Do you have something that motivates you? Creatively dubbed, “Passion Engine” is the most recent exhibit at the Suffolk University Gallery that promotes pursuing your passion. The Professors at the New England School of Art and Design (NESAD) showcased their passions and artistic disciplines, which included pieces that break away from their traditional fields. Meticulously cut and placed, Professor Randal Thurston’s butterflymoth exhibit fluttered in the corner of the first room of the gallery at 75 Arlington. From afar, the stark black cutouts look like familiar creatures: butterflies and moths. Up close, they appear to look like insects from a laboratory, rather than from nature. A closer look shows that it is a combination of the two insects. On the wall-facing side of the cutout, Thurston attached colored paper that matches other colors of pieces around the room. Up close, bright oranges and greens reflect off the wall, connecting the pieces on the wall and in the center of the room. This is what Gallery Director Deborah Davidson looks for when she curates a show. “Color interplay between pieces can add or subtract from a piece”, she said as she circled the room. Davidson said that the pieces have to make sense and fluidly move with one another. Color is a huge influence in that flow. Looking around the room, one can see how each piece shares similar hues. Wallace Marosek, a graphic design professor, submitted vibrant paintings of wide-open fields and old farm houses. Marosek said he finds that graphic design can be restrictive to his freedom since most of the work is client based. His escape to artistic freedom is through painting,

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“Color interplay between pieces can add or subtract from a piece.” -Deborah Davidson, Gallery Director according to Kayla Hart, the Gallery Ambassador. Professor Rita Daly stepped out of her comfort zone by showing interest in art that uses film and video editing. Daly, co-chair of the graphic design department, filmed and edited together various clips of minutia in life. The clips are random, and there is no apparent attribution to a single person, date or time. From a close up of true green grass blowing in the wind, to a sudden transition of eggs boiling as the air bubbles dance from the bottom to up the curved side of the egg to the surface. The clip that stands out most is an upside down, wide shot of a bustling, traffic-filled intersection that has no sound to

it. The video takes a hectic situation and completely neutralizes it, rendering a traffic jam into a tranquil scene. “She is of an older generation, yet she is experimenting with new media,” said Hart. The exhibit allows professors to truly venture outside of their casual realms of expertise, fostering experimentation, inspiration and creation. In some instances, however, their pieces are indicative of interests they have had for some time. Jennifer Fuchel, a graphic design professor, wanted to

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Everyone has their own kingdom. Some people find it in music or literature, others in science or technology. At Inner Sanctum we are reminded of the power that all art potentially holds. Located in Roxbury, Mass. the Inner Sanctum is an unconventional venue that facilitates creativity and hosts a number of known and unknown artists in all different mediums such as music, art and fashion. Their mission is not only to highlight the power of creativity but also to establish a comfortable environment for the artists and the audience. They donate 20 percent of all funds raised from their events to Boston Public Schools. On Sept. 30, local fashion brand Kingdom of Royal (KOR) continued the tradition of giving back to the community by holding a live photoshoot at the venue as part

of Boston’s ArtWeek. In an interview with The Suffolk Journal, Dante Miller, a visual and literary artist who was featured at Inner Sanctum described it as a very down to earth place, open to all sorts of artists at all different levels, which is very hard to find in the city of Boston. “Being accepted for what we create, that’s what it’s all about. This place, Inner Sanctum, is our gateway,” said Miller. In an interview with The Journal, Eric Lawrence, the CEO of Kingdom of Royal, explained that he had been dabbling in graphic design in high school, until he dropped out in 2010 to find his way in life. He said he found his way to KOR in hopes of mixing creativity with business to inspire both himself and others. This was the second live-shoot that Kingdom of Royal has held, and it was quite the success. Many people from all around Massachusetts came to watch the process that is behind fashion, with both professional

photographers and models involved. Lawrence explained that the reasons they do liveshoots is because “they have the power of getting people to interact with the art, as well as learn more about our brand.” At the time, Inner Sanctum was also promoting other artists, as well, such as Dante Miller and Rashad Berryman. The next step for KOR is to purchase a storefront, and then spread outside of Boston, with the hopes to eventually go international. “We want to make a stamp on the world, not only by creating lines of fashion, but in spreading creativity,” said Lawrence. “We want people to find their own kingdom. Art is a journey through life.” Inner Sanctum, Kingdom of Royal, Dante Miller, and more are here to help guide us. To find out more information KOR’s website is www.kingdomofroyal. com/. Inner Sanctum is located on 18 Palmer St. in Roxbury, and their website is http://www. innercitysanctuary.org/.

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Male model poses during the live-shoot at Inner Sanctum during Kingdom of Royal’s event

NESAD showcases ArtWeek: concrete base for new sound faculty talent Morgan Hume Journal Contributor

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From NESAD page 7 illustrate that terrorism has become a fact of life through her pieces by means of designing pillow covers. Professor Fuchel took her graphic design background to create a pillow cover with newspaper headlines that read “Charlie Hebdo attack: Three Days of Terror” and another

“20 Children Murdered Unthinkable.” According to Hart, “Passion Engine” is one of, if not, the most successful show NESAD has had in recent memory. It gives students a chance to see professional artists at work, which can be inspiring as much as it is exciting. The exhibit will continue to run until Oct. 9.

Imagine attending a concert with no singing, no traditional instruments and no flashy backup dancers. Picture being in an almost empty concrete room, with three artists using only their laptops and the power of technology to create a new kind of music. Concrete Sounds: M u l t i c h a n n e l Experimental Electronics in Boston City Hall was a free concert put on last Friday during Boston’s ArtWeek, a seven day long festival that features more than 150 creative experiences for visitors to enjoy and interact with. Three musicians, Caroline Park, Ernst Karel and Bhob Rainey, filled the lobby of City Hall with electronics as part of

the festival. E x p e r i m e n t a l electronic music combines recorded sounds of instruments, human voices, and the environment. The process of blending sounds together serves as a new sound for the artists. The outcome is unpredictable, which is why this type of music is so attractive to audiences. “I’ve been more about what is the experience and how to engage in that or listen through it, without really knowing what the outcome is going to be like,” Park said in an interview with The Suffolk Journal. The lobby on the third floor of City Hall was used for the performance space. All the entertainers needed was a table for their soundboard equipment, their laptops and four speakers. Almost the entire room was made of concrete,

so the sounds bounced off the walls, stairs, and ceiling, filling the room with vibrations and audio. Audience members were encouraged to get out of their chairs and walk around the venue freely while the artists performed. Some stood on top of their chairs to get a better view and others paced back and forth. “When you’re actually around people, you can feel them in the space, talk before and after. You can kind of move the way they’re moving. That’s a special thing,” Rainey said. Rainey has been a musician for over 30 years and started out as a jazz performer, over time transitioning into experimental music. He said that music has taught him many lessons, but mostly how “to listen, to feel time, to collaborate, to know when to give

voice to other people and when to take over yourself,” he said. Experimental music is a relatively new genre of music, but as with other forms of art like painting and film, the artist’s goal is to make the audience feel some emotion by the end. “If people are in a place where they’re comfortable, then they often react very positively. They might mention they’ve never heard anything like it before. I think if people feel comfortable they can accept where it’s taking them,” Rainey said. “If in someone’s brain or in someone’s mind something could change,” said Park, “just like a really simple change, it doesn’t have to be a complicated concept, but just the simplicity of simply like something turning, something flipping, that kind of thing.”


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Suffolk advertising needs a facelift Nathan Espinal Journal Contributor

Student-run events on campus do not seem to be advertised sufficiently. Sure, the frequent, nightly emails are a smart form of advertising that creates a sense of familiarity for the student, but these emails just don’t have the necessary impact to motivate students to go to these events. Most of the activities that occur on campus are on the Suffolk Calendar, which is a feature on MySuffolk that not a lot of people seem to look at. And the fact of the matter is, this is the easiest way students can see all of the possible events that they can go to. However, a lot of students are not aware of all the events going on, nor do they have interest. As one student, Brian Horner, states “I don’t see advertisements other than the ones in emails.” This is an issue that occurs frequently, and it’s also where Program Council creates an advantage. They send out text messages to students on Mondays to notify them of events they host during that week. Receiving a text

message is a great way to be notified of what’s going on since students are frequently on their phones. With the calendar marking down a number of events, it still doesn’t seem to reach the students. There are classes going on during this time and students

are busy with other responsibilities, but there needs to be a way to get the message out there so that the very large and diverse student body will attend them. I believe there are a couple of ways that this could be possible. One way is to have clubs or departments

stepping out of solitude and working with and for one another. Although, that may not be enough. Maybe the student body needs a better system to inform them of all the events going on. I would recommend that we expand the features of the Suffolk Calendar. Why not make it just as important as Blackboard by ensuring that students will be using it every day? All departments, clubs and organizations already post to this calendar, so what’s the harm in having the calendar linked to MySuffolk to allow for a more personalized experience. There could be alerts for when the clubs that a student is interested in posts a new event, thus allowing a student to set preferences for which clubs they would like to see. Patrick Holmes/ Opinion Editor Either approach could prove to be very beneficial. The first method would build on advertise for each other. The Suffolk Journal the sense of community It would be a great way already does this by that Suffolk works so hard to get people involved. including articles in the to achieve, and the second These clubs already have paper, live tweeting for would help students take the attention of whoever tables and events and responsibility in being is participating so it would even putting in ads. active in their day-to-day be wise to encourage Moreover, it’s beneficial life. After all, they can’t tell these students to try out to both parties. By getting a student to get involved other clubs. If the clubs more clubs to continue if there isn’t something do well by advertising the effort, the sense of motivating them to get their own events, why not community can only grow them involved in all that since the clubs will be there is to offer. advertise for others?

Driver-less Ubers: will they be safe? Amanda Fakhiri Journal Staff

Have you ever been in an Uber with an extremely creepy or annoying driver? Since one can never have the same driver you can run into some crazies, like the overly friendly driver who wants to know way too much information about you, or the driver who won’t stop playing one song on a loop. Uber has come up with a way to market toward a new demographic. They are targeting the people

who are scared of Uber drivers, annoyed by Uber drivers and people who generally do not want to get in the car with a stranger. It is a selfdriving car that will bring you to your location on the fastest route possible for a low amount of money. While I think this will definitely be a safer option to otherwise getting into the car with a stranger who may or may not have a record, I am also a little hesitant to jump on board with this. The idea for a this self driving car been going on for awhile now about Google and Apple’s self driving cars. However, this is the first time I have heard of Uber testing this.

Boston is such a busy city where you have many self-proclaimed aggressive Massachusetts drivers. When you add in pedestrians, bikers and rush hour drivers it could be a lot to handle for a

that. Uber debuted their new tech last week in Pittsburgh and it went surprisingly well. To be fair, they did have a driver and tech employee in the car with the self-driving

“So now the question is: can tech really replace a living, breathing person?” self-driving car. Boston is a city where people feel free to j-walk and drivers feel fine speeding through a yellow light I am not convinced a selfdriving car is going to be able to detect and predict

machine. The engineer with the laptop was there in case the car ventured into unmapped territory. While I think this is a nice idea in theory, I personally would like to know what happens when

the car is alone with the individual, and what would occur in the case of a pedestrian jaywalking. This new tech might have worked in Pittsburgh but what makes them think this could work in Boston. Especially at the stage of infancy it is in. Uber does provide an iPad in the car, which will tell you your route, speed, and even allow you to snap a selfie. However, they have said that they are not planning to let these cars loose alone in the cities for years to come and your self driving car for the time being will always come with a driver. Lyft is also experimenting with GM and says they are 10 years away from debuting their

driverless cars, but it will take over more than half of their fleet when they do. So now the question is: can tech really replace a living, breathing person? I do not think in every case it can. What will Uber do if someone tries to tamper with the car, or a drunken person gets in and damages the car or the iPad? I think that if Uber wants this to be a feasible option we as the consumer are going to need the option to have a self-driving car or a human being. In the long run I can see this becoming a normal thing

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Editor’s Word Directly following the events of 9/11, the United States announced that they were going to strike areas of Afghanistan in a number of attacks in order to attempt their reach to Al Qaeda, the group responsible for innocent American lives. The advancements, which were said to have been carefully targeted by the Bush administration, were designed to disrupt the use of Afghanistan as a terrorist base. Oct. 7 will mark the 15-year anniversary of these strikes that had been marked the start date of war. What had initially backed support from close allies of the U.S. and American families had quickly turned into a puzzling community of once supporters to now people fighting for troops to return home. Today, 20 veterans commit suicide every 72 minutes. While this staggering statistic may cause a number social media posts and a few statements from presidential candidates during their debates- what is actually getting done about it? Do people really understand the true effect to this fact? There are a number of veterans on campus here at Suffolk and their friends could be dying left and right. The answers that are being provided are not meeting the demands of these suicides. In the wake of the anniversary, it’s time that these veteran’s voices are heard and questions to be answered by future leaders before it’s too late. Alexa Gagosz Editor-in-Chief

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just like phones have, and I am not complaining if it will lower Uber prices. Clearly, Uber’s goal is to make a profit and they have to pay for gas, but now the driver’s time will be irrelevant. So the chances of prices going down is strong and that is a huge benefit to all of us college students. With how much we are paying for MBTA, maybe we will just end up Ubering everywhere by 2020. Based on how little Uber drivers get paid in comparison to the big checks cut for upper management finding alternative employment might be a benefit to

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One of Uber’s self-driving taxi’s that hit the road in Pittsburg Uber drivers. If this is the future then why wouldn’t I as a consumer just purchase my own self-driving car? Yes Uber and Lyft might be the first offering this as a service but what’s to say Ford, BMW and Honda are not testing this same innovation right

now. Personally I would be more inclined to buy a personal driving car than to Uber or Lyft in one. I can see a future where self-driving cars are everywhere and always available at the tap of a finger, and I think this is something we will all eventually have to

embrace. I also think this car is a great option for all consumers to have. It would be nice if Uber left this as just an option though and hopefully does not push the selfdriving cars on all of us. Either way, self-driving cars are a inevitable part of our near future.

Diversity training sessions can be valuable to all students Alyvia DeAcetis Journal Staff

Suffolk’s Office of Diversity Services offer weekly trainings for students to learn about the diversity here on campus, and in the rest of the world. Last Thursday, the Office held a meeting with the focus of social justice and understanding people’s differences. The meeting was part of a series of training sessions held throughout the year to better the Suffolk community’s understanding of diversity and how people can work together toward social justice. As someone who has never been formally trained in the area of social justice, I found the training extremely helpful. The group of people I found myself sitting with were as beautifully diverse as the topics we were learning about. Cameron Breither, the assistant director of diversity services, and Ben Shopper, who is a Diversity Peer Educator, an art major and a senior at Suffolk this year, were the two leaders of the training. They managed to cover some heavy and loaded topics while keeping the atmosphere of the room friendly

and comfortable. The topics included what exactly diversity is, why oppression happens, and the different reasons people are oppressed, both at surface level and beneath the skin. They opened the floor to discussion often, which allowed everyone to make

“The overall purpose of the training besides teaching the Suffolk community about diversity and social justice, was to help us learn to be allies and share our knowledge with others.” their voice heard and share their own thoughts and feelings. Diversity can be a difficult topic to tackle, especially in a block of 75 minutes in a small meeting room without technology. There were a variety of videos and graphics that the training leaders had prepared but couldn’t show, but they made it work anyway with just a laptop. They started by discussing the fundamental things that

make people diverse, including race, religion and sexual orientation. We even got to discuss the difference between sex and gender, and we learned how to put our new knowledge into words so we can go on to help and stand up for our fellow humans. The overall purpose of the training besides teaching the Suffolk community about diversity and social justice, was to help us learn to be allies and share our knowledge with others. Taking into account the various identities of the people in the training, each of us learned how we could use our identities to help those around us who may be treated differently because of their own identity. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in this training. I learned that being an ally isn’t something that you say you are, it’s something that you show you are. I also learned how to be a better ally, and how to help others to be better allies as well. As great as the training was, it would have been better if the group had been larger. Most of the people who attended the training seemed to already have a pretty good understanding of the topics at hand. This training might have been better aimed toward people who didn’t already

understand the things we discussed, and who could then go on to educate other people who didn’t already know. If these trainings were advertised around campus or online, more people could find out about them and get involved. I would love to take part in the next diversity services training session. They take place on certain Tuesdays and Thursdays during activities period, and you can register on their Facebook or their website. Every training is different, and it will be interesting to see what they’ll discuss next. Overall, the training was a success. I learned so much about topics I thought I was already pretty well versed in, and I learned how to be a better ally. I encourage students to attend these trainings, because even if you think you already know it all, there is always something new to be learned. At the end of the training there was still so much more to discuss, and I couldn’t believe how comfortable I felt in wanting to discuss it. It is so important to feel comfortable discussing the things that affect all of us every single day, and the training helped me to feel that way. Suffolk’s Diversity Services is doing a great job; I can’t wait for the next training session.


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Rams pick up their fourth win

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Suffolk University’s men’s soccer team and youth soccer clubs walked out for the national anthem before the start of the game against Lasell College. Chris DeGusto Journal Staff

On Oct. 1, fans got out of their cars and were greeted with the misty air at the East Boston Memorial Park in Boston. They trudged up into the bleachers to watch the men’s soccer teams of Suffolk University and Lasell College compete. Forward Christian Restrepo kicked off the scoring for Suffolk, giving the Rams a 1-0 lead going into halftime. While Lasell was able to create space, costly mistakes allowed Suffolk to beat the Lazers 3-0, carried by midfielder Aaron Haggas’ two goals in the second half. After the game, Suffolk’s Soccer Captain Ben Daniels commented on the Ram’s performance.

“Our main focus was keeping the shutout, keep real solid back, and stay disciplined. We did that, got a little sloppy at times, but overall we took our chances and got the ‘W’ so that’s all we wanted,” Daniels said, adding, “It’s one step forward that we needed.” The weather permitted rain coats and umbrellas as roughly 50 fans found their seats (or places to stand) just minutes before the opening kickoff. While the forecast was dull and drab, the in-game action started rapidly. Forward Christian Restrepo managed to find himself with the ball in front of the Lasell goal, netting the game’s first score, and his first of the season, 3:28. Restrepo’s shot was formed by a Lasell turnover near the 15yard line, and went past Lasell’s keeper Jackson Burhans’ left side, barely

coming off the ground as it rolled in. This one-on-one score would be the only for either team for the first 45 minute half. The misty rain persisted, and pants were dampened with water stains. Players did not seem to be phased as they played in their normal uniforms of teeshirt jerseys and shorts. Only a couple players wore longsleeve t-shirts underneath, and a few sported gloves. But unlike the rain, the shots would not come to fruition for Lasell in the latter half, as the Lazers managed only seven for the entire game. Suffolk had eighteen, nine on goal alone. About 15 minutes into the second half of the 90 minute game, Lasell’s midfielder Jacob Miller,and one of Suffolk’s midfielders Jarrett Davis entangled off to the side

of the Lazer’s goal, leaving Davis on the ground, which resulted in a foul. He had stayed down for some time after being shaken up, but walked off of the field under his own power to be replaced by midfielder Joel Shulman. Suffolk’s midfielder Aaron Haggas sent the ensuing penalty kick into the back of the net past the diving goalie, giving the Rams a 2-0 lead. Haggas touched cleats with a few teammates near the edge of the field in celebration before jogging down the sideline high-fiving the rest. At 71 minutes into the game, Haggas would score again, grazing Burhans outstretched hands before hitting the netting. However, this final score of the day would not be the end of competition. Evident in the second half was controversy

surrounding the officiating. Fans cheering for both teams were visibly and verbally upset by how the calls were handled, yelling loudly at the referees a number of times. Matt Hull, 25, from East Hampton, Conn., who is a family member of Suffolk’s midfielder Jordan Casey, was able to comment in an interview with The Suffolk Journal near the end of the game. He was displeased with the positioning of the center referee, stating that he was making bad calls and allowing athletes to influence the decision making. “Athletes on the field, in my opinion, have no right to talk to a ref. Play your game, play the sport, that’s what you do. He’s the officiator for a reason, that’s what he does,” Hull said. Hull also talked more about the center referee

and said, “When it comes down to it, he just doesn’t move. I’ve played soccer for years, I’ve reffed for years. He’s out of play right now, over 50 yards from the ball. It’s just silly.” Also in a post-game interview with The Journal, Haggas was able to comment on his two goals, attributing them to the team, sighting that lucky ball placement helped him net his second score. While acknowledging that Lasell was still in a position to win the game after the first half, Haggas was satisfied with the way his team performed as well as the end result. “Team win, 2-1 in the GNAC (conference), I’ll take it,” Haggas said. The Rams are now 4-5 overall, and will face Mount Ida College in Newton Mass. on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.


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Final farewell to the irreplaceable

“Boston is not just my team. Boston is my city. I consider myself a Bostonian, and it’s the thing I’m most proud of in the world.” -David Ortiz By Twitter user Red Sox

Hannah Arroyo Journal Contributor

At the beginning of the Boston Red Sox’s 2016 season and on his 40th birthday last year on Nov. 19, David Ortiz broke the city of Boston’s hearts and announced that he would be officially retiring from Major League Baseball (MLB). Ortiz’s team and other MLB teams have shown respect for the slugger as he took the field for the last time at each stadium this past season. They have showered him in gifts including the phone from the Baltimore Orioles dugout that he destroyed in 2013 and a portrait given to him by the Los Angeles Angels. In his last series versus the New York Yankees, the crowd gave him a standing ovation. Just days before the series, Ortiz wrote a letter in the Players’ Tribune to the city of New York. In the letter, he addressed rumors of what Yankees fans would do in his final send off. He also discussed looking up to players like Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera when he first came to America. Most importantly, he thanked the Yankees for being a perfect rival for the Red Sox. The most important

goodbye came from the Red Sox themselves. In Ortiz’s last regular season series at Fenway Park, the team planned to honor him every night. They decked Fenway out in banners with Ortiz’s silhouette that said “Thank You.” The center field grass was also cut in the shape of Ortiz’s famous hand gesture to the sky when he hits homeruns. Ortiz said in his article to The Players’ Tribune that: “Boston is not just my team. Boston is my city. I consider myself a Bostonian, and it’s the thing I’m most proud of in the world.” On Sept. 30, the team honored him with a video that showed all of the work that The David Ortiz Children’s Fund had done since being established in 2005. The fund works directly with medical centers in the Dominican Republic and New England area that perform lifesaving pediatric surgeries. To this day the fund has helped to save the lives of 563 children, some of which got to walk the field that night. The video tribute showed just how big Ortiz’s heart is. The city of Boston also plans to rename the bridge that carries Brookline Avenue over the Mass Turnpike to the “David Ortiz (Big

Papi) Bridge.” The team had an exciting 5-3 win in which Ortiz scored the go ahead two run homer to put the team on top of the Jays. On Saturday, many athletes from the Patriots, Bruins and Celtics came out to honor their fellow athlete Ortiz. Bobby Orr and Ray Bourque, two iconic defensemen, represented the Bruins. Representing the Patriots were defensive back Ty Law and Hall of Famer Andre Tippett. The Celtics marched out their whole current team wearing Celtics jerseys with Ortiz’s number on the back. Ortiz was also emotionally welcomed on to the field by three Boston Bombing survivors, Patrick Downes, Jessica Kensky and Jeff Bauman. It was also clear that Ortiz’s teammates will also miss him when he retires. Second baseman, Dustin Pedroia, has been playing alongside Ortiz since 2006. In a letter published by sports radio station WEEI, Pedroia wrote how much of an impact that Ortiz had on his playing career. “David, you’ve meant so much. You’re one of the guys that taught me to be a major leaguer, respect the game, show up and play to win every day. That’s the reason you’re so great. It’s your

preparation, and the way you show to work every single day. This has constantly inspired me,” said Pedroia. In Ortiz’s JockBio biography, Ortiz’s story starts in the Dominican Republic where he grew up watching his father play baseball in Dominican leagues. He learned to love the sports of baseball and basketball, both of which he was skilled at. Many people realized early on that Ortiz would become a great slugger, because of his strong and fast hands. In 1992, the Seattle Mariners had an interest in Ortiz and signed him as a non-drafted free agent. At the time Ortiz was only 17. He worked his way up the minor league ladder and established himself as one of the team’s rising stars. In 1996, Ortiz was with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, and in that August, the Mariners traded Ortiz away to the Minnesota Twins. On Sept. 2, 1997, he made his major league debut at Wrigley Field. Ortiz fought injuries and failed to play consistently with the team. The team released him in 2002. The next part of his story became history. On Jan. 22, 2003 Ortiz signed as a free agent with the Red Sox. Ortiz went on to be one of the

most legendary Red Sox players. He won three World Series with the team in 2004, 2007, and 2013. He was the World Series MVP in 2013 and a ten time MLB All Star. He became a six-time Silver Slugger Award winner, and just last year joined the 500 home run club. He continued to put up impressive stats throughout his whole career and became a Boston icon. This year Ortiz proved that age does not matter as he continued to impress the MLB. He was intentionally walked 200 times in his career becoming only the 15th player of all time to do so. In August when Ortiz hit his 30th homer of the season, he became the oldest player to ever do so. He also broke a Red Sox record by reaching 100 RBI ten times in his career. Ortiz also became the 15th player of all time to reach 600 career doubles. Ortiz tied Barry Bonds and Hank Aaron 600 career doubles and 500 career home runs. .The Sox slugger is not done yet as his team is now the American League (AL) East Champions last Wednesday. They will open up their postseason on Thursday against the Cleveland Indians, which will be the Indians first playoff game in three

years. The Sox ended up losing 4-3 to the Jays on Sept. 30. Ortiz singled in the fifth inning, had Travis Shaw pitch run for him, and decided to leave the game due to rainy conditions. Every fan stood and cheered as their beloved DH exited the field. In total, Ortiz ended his career with more than 8,500 at bats, more than 2,000 hits, and more than 600 doubles. Ortiz also finishes with more than 1,400 hits and over 1,700 RBI, according to data provided by the Elias Sports Bureau featured on ESPN.com Ortiz led the league in slugging percentage, onbase plus slugging (OPS), and doubles. The Sox had a disappointing end to the season last year. but are back in first place this season. Ortiz said his team looks to gain home field advantage going into the postseason. One thing is certain as Ortiz reaches his final games: he is a player that will be remembered. Boston will never forget the memories, the laughs, the walk offs, and the history. While he may retire at the end of this season, Ortiz will always be a Red Sox player at heart. His last and final goal: to bring home the World Series trophy.

The Suffolk Journal Oct. 5, 2016  

The Suffolk Journal Oct. 5, 2016

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